It’s hard to believe but it has been a year since Matt and I drove a couple hours away to pick up Sadie from a rescue organization. We don’t exactly know her background because some of the information doesn’t fit together. Supposedly she was a pet which makes sense because she is so well behaved and trained to sit, shake, stay off the furniture, and walk well on leash. On the other hand, she was around 2 years old (we don’t know how old exactly) and had been bred twice. Her owners were getting rid of her because she wasn’t caring for her puppies so they had to be breeders.
On the ride home!
When we picked her up, we found a sweet girl who was friendly from the start and couldn’t wait to get in the car. Her coat was rough and growing back from being shaved and her incision from her spay was still not fully healed.
Her first week home.
I couldn’t believe how quickly she became an important part of my life. Sadie is my first dog. I always had cats and wasn’t anti-dog but just was never around them much. I am now the crazy person that talks about their dog like it’s her child and takes hundreds of pictures (but come on – she’s so cute!). I do blog posts, for goodness sake! She now occupies a place in my heart I didn’t know I had and I’m thankful for it.
The past year has been easy overall. Sure, our schedules have been impacted but that was to be expected. She is a low key dog that came to us fully trained. She has the sweetest disposition. The adjustment period was short. We are very lucky in that respect.
The challenges we’ve had this year have more to do with her health issues. We learned Sadie has serious allergies that require regular medication and special food to manage. She needed a costly ear procedure. We recently found out she has Wobbler Syndrome which is something we have to watch carefully and will likely get worse over the years possibly requiring surgery. She also has tremors that are hard to watch but are not painful.
After her ear procedure. Ear infection finally gone.
We’ve learned a lot about her funny personality over the year:
Loves ice cubes (we learned that from her doggie day care)…
She passed her test for Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog certification…
Is a Newfoundland that doesn’t like water…
and a tilt of the head…
We’re lucky to have her in our life and look forward to what the next year will bring.